Newport University (full title, The University of Wales, Newport) is a university in the city of Newport in Monmouthshire. Its current incarnation dates from the 2002 restructuring of the University of Wales College, Newport, though it has its origins back in 1841. It has two campuses in Newport: Caerleon in the northeast of the city and City Campus in the centre of Newport. Overall the uni is an average size, with just under 10,000 students in total.
Facilities in the city campus are modern and well kept, work spaces are open to promote mixing amongst different courses and the building is full of natural light making it a great place to study.
One library at each campus. Open seven days a week
IT and Computing
Brilliant IT suites in both campuses! with PCS and Macs. No matter where you study you will find a computer to work on.
The uni has a good sports centre with large sports hall, gym, fitness suite (with 40 pieces of equipment), an out door pitch and two flood-lit tennis courts. The centre also running coach training sessions too and you can get help and support to develop your sporting skills through the uni's sports bursaries and scholoarships and through the 'Elite Sports Squad'.
If you are interested in talking part in sports, you can go to any of the fitness classes run at the sports centre, take part in competitions such as the intra-mural sports and uni teams or just join one of the many SU sports clubs. These clubs include:
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The uni has provision for all sorts of welfare problems you can face. The Welfare Office is there to help you if you have any problems with money, landlords, academic or employment problems. You can drop in and see them any time during the week or get the basic 'help' info off their website.
For more personal problems you might want to use the counselling service which is free and confidential and is somewhere you can go and talk through your problems to find your own solutions. If you need to see one they try to get you an appointment within 5 working days.
The uni also has a lot of help and support for students with disabilities, students needing child care provision and international students.
Newport Uni has a health centre which is staffed by nurses (meaning you can't actually see a GP there, though they can tell you where you can register with one). The nurses are helpful and can deal with minor problems and also provide you with loads of info on a range of health issues. They can also refer you to other student services which might be of more help for you than the nurses themselves.
The nurses also run annual health fairs to keep issues in the forefront of your mind. These include topics like sexual health, healthy eating, stopping smoking and alternative therapies.
The uni website also lists basic info on many of these issues too as well as advice for dealing with minor problems like flu and diarrhoea and the signs for more serious problems like meningitis.
In Caerleon, where the main campus is based there is a small Uni shop selling things such as bread and milk, hoodies and stationery. The same goes for the Allt Yr Yn Campus.
In Caerleon itself, there are two main convenience stores, one up the hill from the campus, and one down through the bottom gates towards to centre of the village. They both sell enough to provide quick top ups to your main shop.
Nearest supermarket is Iceland and Sainsburys in town. The two Tescos are much further away.
Newport has enough shops; DP, New look, WH Smith, Boots, Wilkos. Although sometimes it can be a struggle to get more unusual things. The city is well-connected to surrounding cities of Cardiff and Bristol by regular rail services for other shopping needs.
For the Opal Accommodation which is based in the centre of town near the City campus, shopping is much easier.
Free to use cashpoint in the Caerleon campus (when its working)
The only other cashpoint/bank in Caerleon is right in the centre.
All other banks etc. are on the way, and in Newport
The uni has a free shuttle bus between the two campuses to make it as easy as possible for you to get about. This bus also stops in an area of town where a lot of students live, and also opposite the train station on the way to the other campus. If you are needing to get to and from town on weekends, the number 2 bus runs between the central bus station and Caerleon Campus while the number 14 runs out to Allt-yr-yn take Campus.
The train station in Newport is just about a 15 minute walk from Allt-yr-yn take Campus and from there you can get trains all over Wales and further afield, with hourly services to London and Birmingham (both of which can be reached within 2 hours).
The careers service is open during the week, but has a load of info on it's website too (accessible from the main Newport site). The service is there to help you with general careers information, to offer advice and information tailored to your needs and run workshops to help with all aspects of applications and interviews. They normally host a careers fair each year where loads of employers come to speak to you and give you information, but as well as this they have more general liaisons with employers and you can go in to talk to the careers staff to find out more.
The careers service gives you a lot of info to think about part-time work. They guide you through the need for good CVs and applications on their website and also have an online list of advertised jobs. If there is not enough choice there, they also provide a long list of other websites which can list part-time jobs in the Newport area.
The Chaplaincy provides spiritual and pastoral care for students. As well as being somewhere you can go talk to people, the service holds events through out the year, such as social lunches and trips and a Christmas Carol Service. They can also provide you with information about religions and about where to find others who follow your religion.
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Bars, Pubs and clubs
There is one SU bar on campus (main Caerleon one) which is big enough and hosts events occasionally. Caerleon itself is known for the vast amount of pubs, you can take your pick of which, just be careful to avoid the old man pubs!
Newport itself if full of clubs, for every music and scene taste. Cheap drinks every wednesdays and the clubs are always well visited.
There are loads of events throughout the year. In Fresher's Week (well fortnight!) there will be loads of stuff happening, topped off with the Freshers Ball. There are lots of other balls too, like at Halloween, the Snow Ball just before Christmas, the Valentines Day Dance and the May Ball. These all prove really popular.
In addition there are loads of smaller events each week like quizzes and live music.
Up to date event information can be viewed at the Newport student union website, www.newportunion.com
Clubs and societies
There are a few societies at Newport. These include:
If there is nothing you want to join, then you are encouraged to set up your own society - you just need 10 people and a £5 membership fee and you're on your way!
You can only apply for accommodation once you've accepted an offer. You'll also need to apply by the 1st September deadline to be guaranteed a uni room - though you should still try to send the form back as soon as possible as the rooms are allocated on a first come first served basis. If you wait too long you risk not getting not just your first choice, but any of your choices.
Once a room is given to you (normally about the end of August) you have to reply to them to confirm you want the room. DO NOT delay doing this as you only have a few days to respond and if late you will have lost your room to someone else. You also need to send back a £200 (repayable) bond with the acceptance - again you'll loose your room if you do not do this.
No candles, incense sticks, fairy lights, chip fryers, pets including goldfish, minifridges or large white goods are allowed in rooms. EDIT: Almost all rooms now come with Minifridges already.
- In accommodation you can either have en-suite or standard, en-suite being 65 per week, standard varies from 45-55ish
- Students are not allowed to bring cars on to campus unless you are on teaching practice and need your car to get to your school.
- Each room has an internet connection for a charge
- There are two coin operated laundry rooms on campus
- There has been a free cash machine been brought in, some problems which will be fixed in the foreseeable future.
You can have an en suite for 39 weeks costing a total of £2710.50.
Standard rooms come in two price ranges. In Abergavenny, Blaenavon and Camelot they cost £2262.00 for 39 weeks and in Dolaucothi, 39 weeks costs £2106.00. (These prices are for the 2007/8 year.)
For those based at the city campus you'll most likely want to stay at Opal 1 Newport (google it), modern, secure and friendly, prices range from arounf £98 to £108 pw all bills included.
First years guaranteed a place.
In Newport accomodation varies in price from about £50 a week to a maximum of £100. £50-60 tends to be the kind of 4-5-6 bedroom terraced student houses, usually with 3 floors - dependant of the area. £70 and above tends to be less rooms and more house, nicer housing, possibly for more mature students.
The main areas are around the Caerleon campus, Caerleon itself is hard to find accomodation in, Maindee is very popular with students, as is St Juliens, these areas are ok, albeit on the rough side at night. For the Allt-yr-yn campus there are a couple of local houses, these tend to be more expensive due to Allt yr yn being a desired area for families, and cost approx £70+ per person per night)
In 2008/09 the Students' Union aim to set up an online 'estate agency' to assist students in finding good quality accommodation once they leave campus.
The SU is there to help you both with academic and welfare issues and with having a good time. In addition to all the events and societies mentioned elsewhere in this guide, the SU also has a radio station, International Radio Noize (http://www.radionoize.co.uk) and an online TV channel NTV (http://www.newportunion.com/ntv.php). They also run The Clarence Bar which has been recently done up. It's where many of the smaller events are held and also a place to catch sporting events on TV. The SU also use the university's Main Venue for the bigger events it holds such as the final of its hugely popular, X-Factor-inspired competition, The Port Factor and Band Nights. In 2009 the Main Hall has been renovated as 'Nebula' a live music venue and a nightclub on Saturdays.
Caerleon itself is a beautiful village with countryside surrounding it. The wider Newport area has everything you would expect of a medium-sized city. The rail connections to the nearby cities of Cardiff and Bristol are useful too. The main campus at Caerleon is lovely, set in a beautiful place. Its located very close to a old Roman settlement, still got the amphitheatre intact.
Newport is good for its sports department and its art media and design department - especially for photography courses.
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